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Peanut butter

What is peanut butter? About the ingredient peanut butter. Including 954 recipes with peanut butter, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.


Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, popular in North America, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It is mainly used as a sandwich spread, sometimes in combination as in the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Some peanut butter marketed as "natural" contains only peanuts and salt (to help prevent spoilage), but most consumer-brand peanut butter today, even if labeled "natural", contains other ingredients including hydrogenated vegetable oil to stabilize it and prevent oil separation, and dextrose or other sweeteners to enhance flavor.

Sometimes palm oil is used instead of hydrogenated oils to prevent oil separation. Peanut butter is also sold mixed with other pastes such as chocolate, jelly (jam) and the like.

Health Benefits

Peanut butter may protect against a high risk of cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats and resveratrol; butter prepared with the skin of the peanuts has a greater level of resveratrol and other health-aiding agents.

Peanut butter (and peanuts) provide protein, vitamins B3, E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, arginine, and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid.

Health Concerns

For people with a peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause reactions including life-threatening anaphylactic shock which has led to bans in some schools.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (258g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 1517Calories from Fat 1170
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 130.0g 200%
Saturated Fat 26.6g 133%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1184mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 50.5g 17%
Dietary Fiber 15g 62%
Sugars 23.8
Protein 64.7g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 11% Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Peanut butter is usually found in the baking supplies section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Peanut butter is a member of the Legumes and Legume Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does peanut butter weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 258
2 tbsp 32

In Chinese:花生酱
British (UK) term: Peanut butter
en français:le beurre d'arachide
en español:manteca de cacahuete

Recipes using peanut butter

There are 943 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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Alice's Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies
Almond, Peanut Butter and Dried Fruits Granola Bars
Almost Whole Wheat Choco Banana Peanut Cookies
Amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Applesauce Peanut Butter Squares
Applesauce Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Dried Fruit Coffee Cake
Asian Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Asian Sesame Soba Noodles with Cucumber, Bok Choy, and Mixed Greens
Autumn Quick Bread
Awesome Peanut Butter Cookies
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